Top 4 Rooftop Bars to Catch the Fireworks (& Drones) this NDP!

A guide to rooftop bars to catch the best view of the NDP parade!

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By weijing

Don’t know where to catch the NDP fireworks? Why not go for rooftop bars where there’s great ambience, food and a picture-perfect view of the NDP fireworks. We’ve narrowed down 4 must-try rooftop bars in Singapore to celebrate our nation’s 52nd birthday!

1. Me@OUE

Located at the OUE Building at Bayfront, this exclusive bar has a lift that only takes you to two levels, and one of them is the dining area and rooftop bar. This rooftop bar has everything, from the exquisite ambience to the breathtaking view of the Singapore skyline.

Moreover, Me@OUE serves three very different cuisines namely Japanese, French and Chinese and it’s throwing a birthday bash like no other this year to mark Singapore’s 52nd birthday! From 5:30pm to 8:30pm, Me@OUE Fiesta – National Day Edition, will see Executive Chef Sam Chin and his team transform the kitchen with pop-up live roast stations, sushi counters and a wide selection of canapés and desserts.

Apart from the wide array of food, you’ll also get to enjoy a spectacular view of the Red Lion Parachuters, State Flag Flypast by the Republic Singapore Air Force (RSAF), the Presidential Gun Salute on the M3G Raft and the Salute to the Nation performed by the five RSAF F-15SG fighter aircraft. Furthermore, you’ll get an unobstructed view of the National Day fireworks including the special drone segment this year!

The package is priced at $188++ per person which comes with free flow Me@OUE Singapore Sling Cocktail, house white-wine, rose wines, Prosecco, beers (5 for $25) and soft drinks! Children between 7 and 18 years old will be entitled to a 50% discount. Furthermore, a 25% discount will be extended to the first 100 guests who make payment directly at the restaurant. Reservations can be made at http://me-oue.com.

Address: 
OUE Bayfront Rooftop
50 Collyer Quay
Singapore 049321

Contact: 
6634 4555

2. Empire Lounge

If you’re looking for a more fun and vibrant vibe, Empire Lounge would be more fitting. With the bird’s eye-view of Singapore’s iconic landmarks 45-storeys high, you’ll get to celebrate Singapore’s birthday with the perfect view!

On National Day Eve, Empire has a special event to ring in our nation’s birthday! The Empire Lounge will be inviting two iconic local DJs namely DJ Stanley, who is one of Australia’s and Asia’s highly respected DJs, as well as our renowned local DJ, DJ Fadille. There will be no cover charge before 10pm and note that the age limit for girls is 21 years old and 25 years old for guys.

The dress code is smart and elegant (preferably red & white) , so let loose and have fun as you countdown to our nation’s birthday!

Address:
Singapore Land Tower
Level 45
Singapore 048623

Contact:
9336 1443

3. Smokes and Mirrors

Smokes & Mirrors is located on the rooftop of the National Gallery. A bar overlooking the Padang and Marina Bay Sands, it gives an amazing view of Singapore’s City Hall landscape this NDP. Furthermore, with this year’s NDP performance involving great features of drones, the Red Lions and not to forget the fantastic fireworks, you’ll able to view all these from Smokes & Mirrors

It offers creative and refreshing cocktails such the Old & New Sling ($27) which a reworked version of the Singapore Sling. Using Rye Whiskey and Cassis Liquer, this new version is totally refreshing and puts a creative twist to its original. The bubbles on top of the cocktail resembles the esplanade.

Next, we had the Painting Glass ($25) which is inspired by the artworks of Yayoi Kusama within the national gallery. Made out of elderflower and strawberry sake, it has a floral, sweet and fizzy taste to it. Furthermore, the two streaks of edible paint on the interiors of the wine glass mimics the artworks of Yayoi Kusama. They are actually edible paint made out of chocolate. As you swirl the drink, the chocolate would disintegrate into the liquor, changing the taste to the drink slightly as well. Lastly, for the bar snacks, the Half Peking Duck with Homemade Crêpe and Traditional Garnishes ($40) is definitely a must try! The duck was served fresh and crisp, along with the wrap crepe which was not too thick.

If you’re looking for somewhere classy and artsy, with a good view of the NDP aerial performances, this is the rooftop bar to go!

Address: 
#06-01
National Gallery Singapore
1 St. Andrew’s Road
(S) 178957

Contact:
9234 8122

4. Southbridge

This rooftop bar has got to be the most underrated one on this list! Hidden away in a secluded area in Boat Quay, this rooftop bar not only gives you the serene ambience that some long for on a night out, it also serves up quality food with a magnificent view.

As it is known to be an oyster bar, you won’t be disappointed with their oysters for sure. I’m not a fan of oysters until I tried their signature oysters in both original and spicy flavours, and let me tell you, it was mouthwateringly delicious! I just couldn’t get enough of it. Another must-try on the menu would be their truffle and cheese sandwich which is a crowd favourite and with good reasons. They also have National Day special drinks which includes the Singapore Sling but a fruitier version that doesn’t have that alcohol taste at all!

All in all, if you’re looking for a place to chill with your pals away from the hustle and bustle on National Day, this rooftop bar is the place to go to!

Address: 
80 Boat Quay
Level 5, Rooftop
(S)049868

Contact:
6877 6965

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